Not All Islamists are Out to Kill Us (ForeignPolicy.com)

(July 19, 2016) The challenge Tweeted by Donald Trump’s military advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, after the horrific Nice massacre was clear and direct. “In next 24 hours, I dare Arab & Persian world ‘leaders’ to step up to the plate and declare their Islamic ideology sick and must B healed.” The same day, Newt […]

The Muslims Are Coming! The Muslims Are Coming! (ForeignPolicy.com)

American Islamophobia is as old as Plymouth Rock, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this before.

(June 16, 2016) They are “terrorist savages” and “mongrels,” part of the “rubbish from the desperate and criminal populations of the Third World” who have “backfilled” America.

We are talking, of course, about Muslims.

Portland Is the Most Livable City in America — Except if You’re Muslim (ForeignPolicy.com)

PORTLAND, Oregon (April 8, 2016) — Guilt by association. It’s the centerpiece of both Donald Trump’s and Ted Cruz’s policies toward Islam. And it’s something Muslims in this bastion of Pacific Northwest liberalism know a lot about. They have been struggling against innuendo, stereotyping, and mistrust since 9/11.

“We have people living in our country that want to do great harm to our country,” Trump told CBS News after the Brussels attacks. Asked whether Americans should profile their neighbors, he replied, “Everybody should watch out.”

‘The Rise of the American Taliban’ (Foreign Policy)

KARACHI, Pakistan (Feb. 4, 2016)— In the strongholds of hard-line Pakistani Islamist thought, they are talking about Donald Trump and laughing. Then they shake their heads with concern. “He doesn’t belong in the White House, he belongs in a mental hospital,” 46-year-old Hafez Tahrir Ashrafi, a Muslim cleric who is head of the country’s Ulema […]

We Are Not All Charlie Hebdo (Spokesman-Review)

(Jan. 18, 2015) It was a good week for American journalism. To state the obvious, there is no justification for the brutal attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo by al-Qaida-inspired extremists. The fallout, however, has sparked one of the healthiest debates about journalistic rights and responsibilities American journalism has seen in recent years. […]

Journalistic Firebombs in the Middle East: Is it our job to inflame or inform? (CJR.org)

(Sept. 27, 2012) The pen is mightier than the sword, but it is also far more lethal when manipulated irresponsibly. Consider Charb. There is a ridiculous photo circulating on the web showing the editor of Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly), the French satirical magazine. He goes by the name Charb, and in one hand he holds […]

Report on Media and Policy in the Muslim World Retreat

(Feb. 10, 2012) Journalists across the Muslim world are in need of political and practical support in the face of a backlash from governments struggling to undermine the media revolution sweeping the Middle East, Southeast and South Asia, according to a new report released by The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State […]

Pakistan and the GOP Presidential Primary (The Seattle Times)

ISLAMABAD (November 23, 2011) — Mitt Romney said it’s close to being a failed state. Rick Perry argued that it’s not our friend and shouldn’t get American aid. I happened to be in Pakistan as the Republican presidential hopefuls debated relations with this troubled ally. The sound-bite culture of American politics tends to reduce the world […]

Obama starts well with Muslims but must do more (The Christian Science Monitor)

CAIRO (March 16, 2009) — Perceptions are a critical piece of the foreign policy matrix. From the perception of the Islamic world, the Obama administration is ticking off many of the right boxes. First, President Obama signaled his intention to make a major foreign-policy speech in an Islamic capital during his first 100 days in […]

The Middle East: It’s all just too darned complicated (Daily News Egypt/Turkish Daily News)

First Published: October 2, 2006 Memo: To Arabs and Muslims Re: The Middle East It’s your own fault. That’s right, the Bush administration can’t be held responsible for the mess they have made of the Middle East. You Arabs and Muslims are to blame. How can anyone be expected to develop a policy for this […]